Jaguars Inside Slant

Jack Del Rio has 13 weeks left to prove he's on the right track as an NFL coach. With the Jaguars at 2-1 coming off the bye week, they start a stretch of four road games in the next six weeks with a game at Kansas City Sunday.

They then come home to face Houston and Indianapolis and then go on the road against Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Tennessee.

Since Del Rio, who hasn't yet won a playoff game in his first four seasons, needs to make the playoffs to save his job, the next six weeks will go a long way to determine whether Del Rio will be successful.

The games also will answer questions about Del Rio's coaching style, starting with the Kansas City game.

Del Rio is 1-3 after bye weeks in his first four years and there are suggestions that his teams tend to lose focus and be up and down. They're a mirror of his personality because he tends to be moody. The bye week record also suggests that he doesn't do a good job of keeping his team focused after they have two weeks off.

He's also got a reputation for being an easy rider, a player's coach whose teams aren't disciplined.

That image wasn't helped when his left tackle Khalif Barnes got involved in his second driving incident in less than a year Saturday morning.

All these problems can be solved by winning and Del Rio did put a lot of emphasis on consistency in the offseason.

"I believe our football team understands the need to continue to work at the process and continue to work to be as good as we can be," he said.

If the Jaguars don't start showing some consistency, Del Rio will lose his job at the end of the year.

SERIES HISTORY: 7th meeting. The Jaguars have a 4-2 edge in the six game series. The last game was the season finale last year when the Chiefs won, 35-30, to clinch a playoff berth. Del Rio pulled quarterback David Garrard in the second half of that game for Quinn Gray and then named Byron Leftwich the starter in February. But when Garrard outplayed Leftwich in training camp, Garrard was handed the starting job and Leftwich, who is now in Atlanta, was cut.




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